November 21st 2017

Society / Education

Public Universities remain paralyzed for the third week as staff resume street protests

Meanwhile the Ministry has been faced by another tussle pitting Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion supporting opposition NASA coalition while union chairman Mudzo Nzili is campaigning for Jubilee party.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 13 Jul 2017 13:49 EAT

UASU, KUDEA members lifting placards as they match along Nairobi's Moi Avenue today.

Learning has been paralyzed for the third week at public universities as University staff Unions take to the streets demanding full implementation of a CBA.

The 2013-2017 Collective Bargain Agreement is what they seek to be implemented fully stating they didn’t agree on payment being made in phases after Sh4.8 billion was wired to their accounts. The CBA was signed in March which ended the strike by University lecturers and staff.

                                 Placard showing one of demands of the demontrating universty staff

The university lecturers and staff are expected back to the streets today, after they had taken a break to wait for a response to the letter they had written to Education CS Fred Matiang’i demanding the remaining amount be wired to their accounts before resuming duty.

Union officials confirmed yesterday that the money had not been released and announced that the strike would continue today.

The workers say there’s a significant relationship between workers their productivity and performance, saying the universities were being taken for a ride by the government as regards  their pay.

“I expect the 33 Public Universities to be on strike until the Sh10 billion is paid in full” said UASA Secretary General, Constantine Wasonga adding “No more dubious pay rolls.”

The 2013-2017 CBA which is being pushed for is in arrears and they want it fully implemented so that by September they commence negotiations for the 2017-2022 CBA.

The Lecturers and staff have called on the Ministry of Education to carry out an audit on the number of workers housed by the universities as there had been cases of ghost workers. Meanwhile the Ministry is faced with another tussle pitting Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion supporting opposition NASA coalition while union chairman Mudzo Nzili is campaigning for Jubilee party. Sossion’s name has already been submitted to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for nomination to Parliament by ODM Party. Despite the rift, the two have however maintained their agendas have not changed and will continue fighting for their organization's rights. 

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